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Mar-a-Lago McEnany

July 17, 2020

Already following in the footsteps of Trump’s hired liars past, when McEnany said, “I think the world is looking at us as a leader in Covid-19,” she showed as nothing more than a better coiffed Baghdad Bob. There are two salient psychology questions about that role. First, how do those serving in it see what they do? Do they see it as necessary for the greater good? Or simply as job opportunity, something that brings them lucre and fame? Do they take pride in being a professional liar? Or are any of them actually believers?

The second question is how the regime’s supporters view that? Do they excuse such blatant lying because they think the enemy does likewise? Or see it as an inevitable race to the bottom, given the circumstance? I suspect most of Saddam’s supporters just didn’t care. Which raises the question of whom was the target of the propaganda? With Trump, those lies are necessary to the movement behind him and core to how he operates.

Sarah Sanders always seemed angry. As if it were somehow the press’s fault that her boss was an incessant liar and she was having to defend that. McEnany seems to have taken lessons from al-Sahhaf: the lifted eyebrows, innocent face, and open, raised hand. As if to say, surely you can believe what I’m saying, can’t you?

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  1. July 17, 2020 3:48 pm

    But Russell, the USA is the world leader in Covid-19. The USA leads the world in total cases, total deaths and, currently, new cases per day.

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